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Old 06-19-2001, 04:55 PM   #1
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Hi folks,

Well I'm just dying to start autoxing my new toy and need some help from the local experts.

Are you guys doing this as part of SCCA or do you just go to the track whenever?

Can you recommend a good driving school?

Do I need anything besides a helmet?

Helmet: How much should I expect to pay and what kind of saftey rating? I wouldn't mind a used one even if someone has an extra laying around.

Second Creek is the only track I've heard of that you can pretty much use at your leisure - are there any other places like that in the front range?

Will I be needing brake pads after every few
trips out or is this totally dependent on my drivng style?

Sorry for the billion questions...

Thanks in advance for helping out a newbie!

Cheers!
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Old 06-19-2001, 08:05 PM   #2
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My reccommendation if you are interested is:

Autocross:

1) Use your free membership to the SCCA. The autocrosses around here- most of them are run by the SCCA. While you don't have to be a member to run, it saves you 5 dollars per event plus you get insurance coverage and a really cool magazine.

2) Visit http://www.rmsolo.org. There you will find a newbie section, the schedule and also resources to help you out. A helmet is required, but they have loaners.

3) Any additional questions? Just ask. I and I hope alot of the other Subaru Autoxers will be more than happy to help you out by walking the course with you, giving some basic instruction, letting you ride with us, and after our runs are completed riding with you. I'll even loan you my tire guage and air pump, etc.

Second Creek:

1) You don't have to be a member of SCCA or any other group it seems during test and tune. The days that are very popular are Wednesday afternoons, you show up, sign your life away and then pay 60.00. I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND YOU GO WITH ONE OF US THAT HAS GONE BEFORE. THis is because again we can and will (in my case) help you out with anything. We can get you out on the track, show you the correct line, explain the "trackequite", give rides, etc.

2) You will need a helmet and they don't have loaners. If you really want to play with the new toy, do yourself a favor and invest in one. It has to be snell M95 or SA95 or new M or SA. I just bought mine at Fay Meyer's Motorcycle World. It's actually a motorcycle helmet, but hey it cost me only 175.00, matches the color of the car (why I bought it) and works great for what I am doing. Someday I will invest in a SA or Auto helmet, but that's when I'm ready to spend some big bucks.

I plan to go out to Second Creek just as soon as I get my suspension in and installed (please, god, let it be soon!).

WEAR AND TEAR ON CAR:

Autocross:

Moderate/Minimal wear on:

Tires (moderate)
Brakes (min to moderate)
Suspension (don't ask)
Clutch (depends on driver, extremely minimal)
Engine (depends on driver, extremely minimal)
Tranny (depends on driver, extremely minimal)

SCR:

Tires (heavy)
Brakes (heavy)
Suspension (minimal)
CLutch (minimal)
Engine (minimal, just change the oil)
Tranny (minimal)

To put this in perspective you could do say 20 autocrosses three track days and still have:

50% brakes left
Soft Stock suspension
50% used tires

So I wouldn't worry about it too much....

JJ
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Old 06-20-2001, 10:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tips JJ! Let me know when you plan to head to second creek and hopefully I'll have a helmet by then.
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Old 06-21-2001, 04:38 AM   #4
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Also see www.imprezars.com/racepage.htm and click the link to the archives as well. Early summer 2000 were some tips on autocrossing.

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